Marchesi Antinori

Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Night cap for a nice Sunday! Beauty of the Coravin.

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

This puppy has held on quite well! Incredibly vibrant and barely developed.

👃Dark chocolate, espresso bean, decay/compost, green peppercorn, smoked nutmeg, grilled meat

👅creme de casis, luxardo cherry, clove, chocolate truffle, sandlewood, green bell pepper, herbes de Provence - firm tannin structure well integrated, medium plus acidity, and an everlasting grip of a finish.

Showing some great things right now! If you have some, keep holding on (just open one for good measure) and get more if possible.
— 14 days ago

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...Always on point Matt! Great review.
Sean Herriott

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If you're willing to spend around a C-note for World Class wine, Toscana is a great place to hunt.

Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Still quite tannic, fruit very much alive but showing secondary aromas and more wild green side of cab sauv. Vanilla and caramel on finish. Poured from coravin but suspect this would benefit from some air. Quite nice. — a month ago

O'Brien Estate

Seduction Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Thanks for this one @Shay A ! --- MAN! This one is really starting to fire on all cylinders, and it's a 2014 so I'm really not even sure it's showing everything it has. This one tonight blew right past the "Coravin a 1/2 glass and open the rest later." After a small Coravin sample, the cork was promptly popped. The nose is blackberry, graham cracker, new leather, and spice cake. The entry is hedonistic blackberry cassis, very youthful chalky fruit. Leathery, meaty middle with a hint of that youthful sweetness. Finish is sweeter tannin, toasted, primarily a black pepper spice. — a month ago

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Shay A

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Glad you enjoyed! I agree about it starting to fire on all really has changed quite a bit over the last 12-14 months.

Heitz Cellar

Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

David T

Finished up a Coravin-ed Magnum of 03 Bella Oaks. Absolute blue fruit heaven! Disappointing they no longer have the Vineyard. Staglin bought this vineyard and now makes a Bella Oaks at 2 1/2 times the price Heitz sold it when they still had Vineyard four or five years ago. Even more disappointing is the family just sold the Winery. The Heitz family are in that Napa Pioneer conversation. Hard to believe they decided to give that up. They sold it to Gaylon Lawrence Jr.. The family made their money in agriculture, banking and own a national air-conditioning distributor but, have no winery experience. David Heitz is also stepping aside as Winemaker. We’ll see if and how their style changes over the coming years. @PlateAndBottle — 14 days ago

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Nigel Kinsman

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Not quite. Staglin didn’t buy Bella Oaks, Suzanne Booth did. She sold fruit to Staglin and Staglin produced wines from Bella Oaks Vineyard from 2011 to 2015. Likely starting from the 2016 vintage onwards you’ll see Bella Oaks creating their own wines from their own vineyard. Exciting times ahead for Bella Oaks.
David T

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They did buy the land but it’s been a partnership with Staglin. To date, I’ve not read or heard that partnership ending. We’ll see if that ends. Starting a Winery in Napa is ultra expensive. They could alway try making their wine at a co-op, but they would have to fall into a schedule at co-op. Their picking and vinifying date might not be in their full control.


Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

More delicate than other Mt Harlan pinots, this seemed a little simple at first, but it blossomed with air. Long strawberry finish, Edit: three weeks later (coravin) this has oxidized somewhat and has become amazing. Long, mineral finish. Wonderful! — a month ago


Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

Served two glasses from Coravin and was fighting the urge to just open the rest of the bottle. QPR, the value of this wine is ridiculous. But....let's be honest.....this wine is YOUNG. Pours a dark, dirty violet into the glass. The nose is beautiful... boysenberry, orange peel, herb-filled. The entry has enough acidity, raspberry and brambly kind of front, with more herb on the back. Definitely not fully integrated now, but I guess I really couldn't expect that so early. A 9.1 now, with potential to get to 9.3/4-ish. — 7 days ago

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Agreed. Outstanding! I have a hard time believing their single vineyards are twice as good since they’re twice as expensive


Arnyca Rosé Blend 2011

Rather intrigued by this wine. The color is quite deep. Definitely more pink than salmon colored. Pours with more of a glass coating thickness than some Rose wines. The wine itself has a great nose of strawberry, and I think I was even detecting some kumquat type of citrus berry. This was really quite identical to the front of this wine, which seemed to be quite ample, with just enough acidity and a very thick mouthfeel. The wine did lean out more to the back, where I was almost getting some Meyer lemon, a little herb, but a lot of acidity finishes this one out. This wine is MUCH more complex when enjoyed at room temp. I served the first half from Coravin as the wife was not drinking tonight......after going back for a second glass, I said WTF and popped the cork. So, I'm quite glad that this is the only bottle of this I have at HOME. Not sure what ABV on this is, but it bites a bit hard. Definitely your summer sipper, not the porch pounder unless your desire is to pass out on the swing. Well done Arnyca. — 13 days ago

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You beat me to it! This and the Paper Planes are my favorites, but both fall on different sides of the acid spectrum. Also, Arnyca just announced today that they are now selling their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Emerson Brown

III Michaels Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 gives this an average value of $21. For a 92-93 point Oakville cab, that just might be the best QPR I've seen lately. Half of this wine was extracted from Coravin about 6 months ago and the remainder went down tonight! This is a wine that borders on full bodied and has a solid structure. JUST on the full bodied side, but the complexity makes up for it. The nose is youthful oak and blackberry....classic. The entry is black fruit, fig newton. Hint of grilled meat to the middle, classic blackberry core, bit of herb, bit of spice. The finish is solid. Truffle, hint of bitter chocolate, slightly stiff tannin that is still quite present, just enough black pepper to warm the throat. This one can probably go another 7-10 years. Completely agree with the 2017-2027 window. — a month ago

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